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OCALA, Fla. (March 14, 2019) – Registration is now open for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s 2019 State of Workforce Conference: Cultivating Your 21st Century Workforce.

The conference takes place April 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Ocala, 3600 SW 36th Ave., in Ocala. Bringing together businesses, community and public partners, education leaders and HR professionals, it will provide tips and insights into the current and future state of the region’s workforce from the ones who know it best. Additionally, the inaugural Bridging the Gap awards will be presented to area businesses that have gone above and beyond to enhance the workforce.

Tickets are $25, which includes breakfast and lunch, and are available at The registration deadline is April 12.

Cultivating will cover:

– The skills gap in today’s workforce and how collaboration is working to bridge the gaps;

– Ongoing efforts in the region’s public schools and postsecondary institutions to meet workforce needs;

– Understanding and leveraging the next generation of workers; and

– Florida’s future and building a stronger, brighter pathway for the future workforce

Speakers and panelists joining the conference are:  Michelle Dennard, president and CEO of CareerSource Florida; Josh Davies, CEO of The Center for Work Ethic Development; Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Economic Competitiveness; Isabel Nieto, PMP, Workforce Developmental Consultant at Duke Energy Corporation; and Megan Richardson, PHR, SHRM-CP, vice president of Consulting at Dynamic Corporate Solutions, Inc.

Nieto will also lead a panel discussion featuring Dr. Jim Henningsen, president and CEO of the College of Central Florida; and school superintendents Sandra “Sam” Himmel (Citrus County), Jeffery Edison (Levy County) and Dr. Heidi Maier (Marion County).

“We know many of our local businesses face tough and complex challenges in cultivating their talent pipeline to meet emerging and future needs,” said Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource CLM. “Our focus is on working together to ensure that pipeline grows and reaps a rich harvest.”

Presenting sponsors for the conference are Benefit Advisors and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership.

As the region’s recognized workforce leader and part of the unified CareerSource Florida workforce system, CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion collaborates with local economic development, education and community partners to develop world-class education/training and employment services to meet regional workforce needs.


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